There are multiple ways of how to get data from API to MS Excel, but we are going to focus on the simplest option (including video tutorial) for non-technical people:
--> this option requires programming skills and a pre-installed environment.
2. Using Postman software
--> requires pre-installed Postman software and a lot of manual work
3. Using Power Query
--> requires basic programming skills and get familiar with PowerQuery
4. Using the VLOOKUPWEB formula
--> Doesn’t require programming skills and the simplest possible option
We are going to focus on the 4th most simple way explanation in this article by getting data to Excel tables from API with JSON format (using both POST or GET methods)
VLOOKUPWEB formula works as simple as usual VLOOKUP excel formula by the following syntax:
=vlookupweb(1-link-to-api, 2-field-to-query, 3-time-out-in-seconds-between-calls, 4-token-if-needed, 5-body-for-post-or-empty-for-get-request)
VLOOKUPWEB requires the following input parameters :
In order to add this function to your excel:
Custom VBA function source code you can find below. For the latest version of vlookup for web function you can refer to our GitHub repository
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